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Psychological literacy and the role of tennis


The ability to apply the psychological knowledge we get from participating in tennis allows players to gain transferable skills from the game which can be beneficial to other aspects of their lives. Interviews with former elite British tennis players highlighted the role of tennis in facilitating ...Read more the development of life skills in the areas of commitment, coping resources, connection, personal responsibility and confidence. The development of such transferable skills allows players to be more successful in life outside of the sport as they are more insightful and reflective about their own behaviour and that of others when faced with challenges.
A parent education programme has been rolled out in order to recruit parents in the mission to help their children become more psychologically literate. This education of parents will help their children model better psychological responses which will support their development both on and off the court.

Chris Harwood, Ph.D C.Psychol is a Professor of Sport Psychology at Loughborough University. His research interests lie in the psychosocial aspects of athlete development, health and performance including the roles of the coach, parents, and the wider social environment. A British senior county tennis player and former British Universities champion, he served as the Head Coach and then Director of Tennis at Loughborough University between 1994 and 2003.